Published: Fixator Press

Photograph by Aleathia Drehmer

I am happy to announce that my poem “The Language of Flowers” is up for viewing at Fixator Press.

Thank you so much to editor Jonathan Butcher for taking this piece. Be sure and tool around once you get to the website and read all the other great poetry there.

Thanks for reading. Be kind and support the small press.

Published: Open Skies Quarterly: Volume Five

I am pleased to announce the release of Open Skies Quarterly Volume Five: Anniversary Edition. My poems I’m No Green Thumb, An Anarchist’s Tombstone, Jal Tarang, Elm St. Park-Independence Day, and Quiet Violence are included. A big thank you to Keith Sparks for including me in this print edition.

This 410 page book is available through Amazon for $15.

Open Skies Quarterly Volume Five is also available as a free PDF Download here.

Thank you for reading and supporting small press.

Published: Spillwords, July 2021

Aleathia Drehmer

I am happy to announce that my poem “Reverb and Retribution” appears in the July 2021 series of poems at Spillwords.

Please stop by and read some of the great works they post there on a daily basis. There is always something new. Thanks for reading. Be kind. Support the small press by buying books of poetry.

Published: Upcoming Work

Photograph by Aleathia Drehmer

Hello, lovely readers. I have a lot of work being published in the next six months and I want to do a quick shout out to promote these presses while I wait for my work to appear. Please stop by their magazine and read the great poems they publish there and support other small press writers by buying books and sharing work you like.

I will have two poems appearing in Impspired Magazine.

I will have three poems appearing in M 58 Poetry.

I will have five poems appearing in Piker Press.

I will have a poem appearing in Spillwords.

I will have two poems appearing in Cajun Mutt Press.

Lastly, My poem “Lofty Notes of Pine” was chosen for a Stand Out anthology at Red Penguin Books which will appear in print some time this year.

Check back here frequently for updated links to my poems if you’d like to read them. Take care of yourselves. Keep writing.

Published: Anti-Heroin Chic, June 2021

Photograph by Aleathia Drehmer

It is my distinct honor to have a poem included in the June 2021 issue of Anti-Heroin Chic. There are some amazing poets in this issue that really blew my mind with their raw truth and story telling skills. There is powerful work in this issue. You can read my poem “A Poem for the Lost Poems” here. But definitely check out Victoria Ruiz, Krys Walls, and Carrie Elizabeth Penrod.

Published: Heroin Love Songs XI

It is my great pleasure to be published in Heroin Love Songs XI, both online and soon to be in print. My poems Cracked Roads and Empty Skies, I’ll Lose It All in the End, The Wisdom of Johnny Cash, and W to the Third Power are available for viewing at Heroin Love Songs. Please stop by and read all the amazing work by other featured poets as well and support small press when the print version comes out. These zines are a labor of love for most editors and they appreciate your support. Thanks to Jack Henry for including me in this issue.

Published: Anthology: the flower shop on the corner from Red Penguin Collective

I am happy to announce my poem “Lofty Notes of Pine” appears in the anthology “the flower shop on the corner” from Red Penguin Collective. It is an anthology full of poems based on and around nature. You can pick it up on Amazon here for $3.99. It is 112 pages of poetry. Thank you for supporting writers and poetry.

Book Review: Poetry: rel[am]ent by Jamison Crabtree

I’m not sure where I found this book of poetry by Jamison Crabtree, or how long ago it was, but I finally got around to finishing it. The book rel[am]ent is divided into sections of laments to various universal monsters with a large poem in the center called “golem” and finishes with “relent.”

Themed books of poetry are a risk and often I am not willing to take such a risk. I like poems that fit together, but I am never sure how the public feels about these things. In my own life I have created several collections based on themes, but I have not felt comfortable releasing them into the world. This collection of poems by Jamison Crabtree works on several levels. He writes laments for characters of movies that multi-generations can identify with like Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Blob.

The reader, by title alone, arrives with preconceived notions based on how well they know each of the characters, but then they get surprised by how connected yet disconnected the poems are to each of them. The writer interjects himself into the role of each character as if he were in the room with them, thus morphing the lament into something more personal.

There are great individual lines and stanzas encapsulated in this book, but on a whole there were only three poems in their entirety that touched me. The pieces of the poems that I enjoyed cut me and gave me something to think about however when surrounded by words that were less than connected or intense, it made the poem in its entirety fall a bit flat for me.

I think this is a collection that will hit people in different places depending on their experiences and background. It reminds me of the type of poetry I wrote in college in the early 90s where life ticked by in fractured light and poems felt like clips of film shown out of order or with the sound reel missing. This collection provided me with nostalgia on two levels.

Jamison Crabtree’s rel[am]ent can be found at The Word Works. He was the winner of the 2014 Washington Prize.

“lament for dracula”

you carve ghosts into bus-stop benches
you, to cry into the barrel of your guns.

we can live forever among our wrong loves

if we can grieve, if we believe we are capable

of any real grief (no, we are not.)